Mahopac Tops Rival Carmel in Volleyball

CARMEL, N.Y.— After losing your first two games, a meeting with your archrival is a perfect way to get some positive momentum going.

Mahopac took full advantage of the opportunity by defeating host Carmel in straight sets—25-18, 25-17, 25-23 to gain its first victory of the season on Sept. 9.

“We had two tough losses earlier in the week so the victory against Carmel was a great confidence builder for the team,” Mahopac coach Jay Melville said. “It doesn’t matter who the victory comes against, but beating Carmel always makes the victory a little nicer.”

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Melville said that accurate and efficient passing was critical in the win.

“The one thing that has cost the team in their first two matches was inconsistent passing,” Melville said. “The players cut down on the bad passes, which allowed the hitters to get sets that would allow them to be more aggressive with their attacks.”

Senior Jennifer Laga and junior Claire Felix each recorded eight kills. GraceAnn DiGaudio had 10 assists, while Lindsay Leggio dished out nine. Lianna Rocchio and Carah Vitkus each had six digs.

“Jenn Laga has been the most consistent hitter so far this season,” Melville said. “Jenn continued to attack the ball well against Carmel and got some key kills to get the team going. Lianna Rocchio anchored the defense. She and the other back row players did a good job getting the ball to the setters in an area where they could be effective.”

A day earlier, the Indians lost 3-0 to host Ossining: 25-21, 25-23, 25-21. Laga tallied seven kills and 13 digs. Vitkus (14 digs), Dodd (7 kills) and Leggio (18 assists) also contributed.

Mahopac opened the season by hosting Haldane.  The Indians battled, but fell 3-2 (25-19, 10-25, 24-26, 25-15, 24-26). They were one point away from victory in the final set with a 24-20 lead, but Haldane rallied to score six consecutive points to pull out the win.

“The team played up and down all match,” Melville said.

Vitkus (16 assists, 7 kills, 14 digs), Leggio (13 assists, 10 digs), Laga (10 kills, 4 blocks), Rocchio (34 digs), Felix (9 kills), Dodd (7 kills, 14 digs) and Siobhan Hynes (3 blocks) all chipped in.

Mahopac (1-3) lost to New Rochelle 3-2 (25-18, 15-25, 18-25, 25-21, 16-25) on Sept. 12. Dodd (7 kills, 5 aces, 12 digs), Vitkus (9 kills, 3 aces), Laga (11 kills, 9 digs) and Leggio (27 assists, 3 aces) led the way.

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